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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:18 PM
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Scientists claim to have cloned glowing dogs
Source: AP

By Hyung-Jin Kim
updated 10 minutes ago

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean scientists say they have engineered four beagles that glow red using cloning techniques that could help develop cures for human diseases.

The four dogs, all named "Ruppy" a combination of the words "ruby" and "puppy" look like typical beagles by daylight.

But they glow red under ultraviolet light, and the dogs' nails and abdomens, which have thin skins, look red even to the naked eye.

Seoul National University professor Lee Byeong-chun, head of the research team, called them the world's first transgenic dogs carrying fluorescent genes, an achievement that goes beyond just the glowing novelty.



Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30463427/?gt1=43001
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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:19 PM
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1. Would somebody please put out the dog before we go to bed?
:D
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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:20 PM
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2. why?
Please leave the puppies alone.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:22 PM
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3. This would probably have more applicability in the realm of breeds of reindeer.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:22 PM
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4. All my dogs have glowed. Since the 1950s.
To quote Willie Nelson, Of all the dogs I loved before . . .

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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 01:10 AM
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17. tee hee -- ATOMIC DAWGS!!!
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 09:09 AM
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23. Ohmigosh!
What a cutie!
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:26 PM
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5. "Ruppy"? What kind of name is that?
The only possible name for a dog that glows in the dark is "Sirius".
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:56 PM
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6. I want one!
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:59 PM
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7. So is this for "profit"? Toxifying an animal for "profit"?
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Random_Australian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 08:25 AM
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20. Toxifying? It was picked because changing pigments is relatively harmless.
For profit? Research into gene therapy doesn't get the researchers that much money. Sure, they get enough to keep the lab running or even make it run better, but not a lot personally. Most of the money-making happens in the corporations that mass produce whatever research comes up with, not research itself.
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 10:29 PM
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8. Thats pretty fucked up.
If they were curing a deadly disease with their expensive research, that's one thing.

"Hey world, you want a cure for AIDS or a glowing dog?"

Chris Rock was right, they are still pissed over the money they lost curing polio.
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progdonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 01:07 AM
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16. it IS going towards "curing a deadly disease"...
Edited on Wed Apr-29-09 01:07 AM by progdonkey
or rather, ALL genetic diseases. Did you read the article?

"The glowing dogs show that it is possible to successfully insert genes with a specific trait, which could lead to implanting other, non-fluorescent genes that could help treat specific diseases, Lee said."

The reason for this is not to say, "Hey, we've just made a dog glow in the dark! Science rocks!" It's because it's a gene that is both harmless (you're just changing the pigment to a fluorescent one; I believe they get it from bioluminescent algae) AND you know immediately if it worked.

In other words, before you can do any sort of gene therapy, you have to know that your technique for implanting the new gene is actually working.

Your attitude is exactly the same kind of ignorant mocking of things that are over your head that Sarah Palin exhibited when she made that insipidly snide remark about "some laboratory in France studying fruit flies." :eyes:
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 10:54 PM
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9. A forever night light. n/t
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:30 PM
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10. Fitting, since all dogs are republic. Apparently.
LOL
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:47 PM
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12. not these dogs
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 11:32 PM
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11. Ridiculous.
How about a cure for cancer, AIDS, or another disease taking lives?
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progdonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 01:11 AM
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18. how about you read the article?
Specifically, "the glowing dogs show that it is possible to successfully insert genes with a specific trait, which could lead to implanting other, non-fluorescent genes that could help treat specific diseases, Lee said."

It's a test for gene therapy--and they're starting with genes that make their presence known in clear but harmless ways.
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chascarrillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 05:56 AM
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19. Harmless?
How well do you think you'd be able to sleep at night if your eyelids glowed?
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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 08:50 AM
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21. Are the dogs having trouble sleeping?
Or are you just imagining they might?
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progdonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 04:48 PM
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24. they don't glow...
they fluoresce under ultraviolet light (aka a black light). It's the difference between being the energy source and reacting to outside one. Now, unless the puppies' eyes are shooting out ultraviolet light to cause the reaction, nothing's happening. It's just like when get you some of those special body paints (or just a white T-shirt) and stand under a black light. In normal light, they just look like normal paints (or, again, a regular white T-shirt), but under black light, they fluoresce. It's the energy from the light that's causing the glowing, not some intrinsic energy source.

It's actually much better for the dogs this way, because a pigment change in visible light would make the dogs look different all the time, but here, it's something that the dogs won't really notice, but the scientists can detect with a simple black light.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 12:00 AM
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13. Sorry--dupe
Edited on Wed Apr-29-09 12:01 AM by Bette Noir
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 12:00 AM
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14. Korea doesn't have much credibility in the genetics business.
Every time they've heralded a breakthrough, it has been revealed to be a hoax. See whether this one holds up for the next six months.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 12:04 AM
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15. And what happens to them now?
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LeftHander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 08:59 AM
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22. Glow-Pup....nt
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